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Articulation ramp started- pics

The new cheapo metal cutting bandsaw is proving its worth. If I had it 6 months ago i would have saved about $5,000 in medical bills. Glad I have it. The shop is just getting setup. I had to be creative for the suppoerts. The chair and the drill press held the 20' sections of angle iron while it was being cut:


I cut a 20' section of c shaped channel into 2 10' pieces. I then welded 24" pieces of 1.5x1.5 x 1/4" angle iron. Total width is 30":



Flip it over and you can see how the c-channel will hold the pipe for the uprights:



I layed expanded metal over it and welded it in place. I'll have to cut the tag end off and scab a piece or two to finish the layer:



I have over 120' of pipe ready for the uprights along with 2 more 10' pieces of the channell for the bottom. Looks like the total cost is gonna be $300. This does not include wheels/axle which will come at a later date to make it towable:



I'll update as I progress. I need it functional by Sunday.
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Thats awesome man. I wish I had access to a ramp so I could get my flex on.
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nice work Wayne
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I need to get a bandsaw. Got the welder, torch, air compresser and all the tools. But I need to be able to cut the metal with a nice clean edge.
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oh i like it wayne. i bet that tube was not cheap... would make some good sliders too
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Got the bandsaw for $159 at Harbor freight. It's cut through all of it so far including that thick c-channel.

I'm sure its chinese so I don't lick it or put it in my mouth. Probably lead paint.

It's not fast but you can walk away while it does its thing. After its done it turns itself off.

Tubing was $15 a stick at the recycle center. 20' long. It was a good find.
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Tubing was $15 a stick at the recycle center. 20' long. It was a good find.
ah yeah that was a good find. im getting ready to buy some 1.75" OD 24' long Tube for 88$ a piece. I need 6 pieces
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sweet good job so far, too bad I can't come and try it out.
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sweet good job so far, too bad I can't come and try it out.
You'll get your day on it. Once the axles go on it can go anywhere. I figure any r-f guys within range could borrow it for their meets. Houston, Huntsville, etc.
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Wyomingggggg/ Colorado hehe

i was just riding in my friends yoda with the 5" all pro LT leaves under it and that thing flexes insanely well
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sweet!

what welder you you have?
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Wyomingggggg/ Colorado hehe

i was just riding in my friends yoda with the 5" all pro LT leaves under it and that thing flexes insanely well
I'm making it 30" wide just for you Matt.
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Its a small lincoln 220 volt. Don't know the model number.

You gonna be in Austin Sunday RJ? We're having a meet to try this thing out. Look in the meets section for info.
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I'm making it 30" wide just for you Matt.
hahahahahaha, has anyone told you i almost fell off it one of the times? i think it was the first attempt to go higher, i was hanging on by a few inches of tire
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I heard something about it. An elf told me to matt-proof this one.
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1) whos this little elf? Casey haha
2) ha, **** nothings 'matt proof'
3) wanna bring it up to Colorado for a RMFTC meet? haha
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you told me. I think casy posted a pic of your backwards maneuver.
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Well the idea is that you stop going once one of your tires is off the ground... Guess Matt forgot that little detail!
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that wasnt the problem, it was going up and not watching my tire as i went up, i know you're supposed to stop as one leaves the ground, but wheres the fun in that if you can go all the way up on 3 tires?
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Taking shape. I welded a pipe across the bottom end. You can barely see it in the second pic. I needed it to bump against the top piece so I could lift the other end without it sliding off. Anyway, we lifted the end and set some tube in there. We adjusted it to get it level and angled properly:



Then welded in supports. The pieces are 1',2',3',4',5'. I still need to reinforce it some more but it is pretty stout as is:

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needs more triangulation.....
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looks really good. i wish i had a lift so i could flex a lil bit.
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it seems really steep


but i cant wait to dominate it
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it seems really steep


but i cant wait to dominate it
looks like a regular 30* ramp.
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needs more triangulation.....
I agree


where's the pics of your truck testing it?
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